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Markakis' career-best 5 hits help O's edge Braves

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ATLANTA -- Mark Reynolds was upset rookie pitcher Zach Britton made hitting a homer look so easy.

Reynolds shouldn't be upset. His homer was longer and meant more.

Reynolds hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, Nick Markakis had a career-high five hits and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Sunday to end their five-game losing streak.

Britton gave up three runs in five-plus innings and had two hits, including his first career homer.

"It kind of ticks you off as a position player to watch a pitcher get hits like it's nothing," said Reynolds of Britton, who is hitting .625 with five hits in eight at-bats in interleague play.

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Jim Johnson (5-1) gave up one run in two innings.

Reynolds also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third. He had two homers in the Orioles' 5-4 loss to the Braves on Saturday night.

Markakis hit a one-out single off Scott Proctor (1-2) in the seventh before Reynolds smashed the go-ahead homer, his 18th, into the left-field seats. Nate McLouth barely moved in left field as he watched the homer.

Markakis said "it's definitely fun" watching Reynolds find his home run swing.

"He's a big ol' boy up there," Markakis said. "If he gets into one, it goes a long way."

Markakis had a run-scoring double in the sixth. He had three hits in Saturday night's loss after his 19-game hitting streak ended Friday night.

The Braves had their five-game winning streak snapped and were denied their third straight interleague sweep.

Kevin Gregg pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save.

Gregg struck out Chipper Jones to end the game. Jones started to walk to first base on what he thought was ball four. Jones also took Gregg's next pitch as home-plate umpire Mark Ripperger called strike three on a pitch that appeared to be off the plate.

"It's always frustrating when you're not allowed to do your job," Jones said. "But I've said time and time again, the officiating in this league is substandard. For the most part."

"If a guy's not doing his job, I'm going to say something. If I get fined, I get fined. I don't care. I'm a competitor. ... I know they're balls. I've been here 18 years. I know when a guy's trying to pitch around me."

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez also criticized Ripperger's calls.

"I came back in here and looked at the video," Gonzalez said. "I thought they were awful. I thought the balls were away. Not even close. It's hard to swallow, to lose a game on those two balls like that."

Britton was pulled after giving up a walk and two hits, including Freddie Freeman's RBI single, to open the Braves' four-run sixth. Johnson gave up a single to McLouth to load the bases.

Julio Lugo's groundout drove in Brian McCann before pinch-hitter Eric Hinske's two-run single off Johnson gave Atlanta a 4-3 lead.

Britton gave up three runs and six hits and three walks in five-plus innings. The rookie left-hander's highlight was his first career homer off Brian Beachy in the third. Britton also had an infield single.

The Braves loaded the bases with one out in the fifth but couldn't score. Lugo walked, pinch-hitter Wilkin Ramirez singled to left and Jordan Schafer reached on a bunt single before Jason Heyward hit into a double play to end the inning.

Beachy gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings. He struck out six, including five in the first two innings.

McCann, who was selected as the NL's All-Star starting catcher, had two hits. He just missed a homer in the seventh when his long fly ball hit off the top of the right-field wall. Markakis fielded the bounce off the wall and threw out McCann at second base.

McLouth gave Baltimore reliever Koji Uehara a scare in the eighth when his long fly ball to right field was caught by Markakis at the wall.

Notes

  • Kris Benson hit the last home run by a Baltimore pitcher on June 17, 2006, against the Mets.
  • OF Martin Prado, recovering from a staph infection in his right leg, hopes to begin a minor league rehabilitation stint in a few days.
  • Chipper Jones said after the game he would have another cortisone shot in his right knee later Sunday. He had shots in the knee on May 15, but still has discomfort caused by a torn meniscus.
 
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Mark Reynolds sends a two-run shot over the wall in the seventh to help give the Orioles a win. (Getty Images)
Mark Reynolds sends a two-run shot over the wall in the seventh to help give the Orioles a win. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

N. Markakis
AB 5
R 1
H 5
HR 0
RBI 1
Baltimore

M. Reynolds
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
J.J. Hardy, SS4120022 .295
Nick Markakis, RF5151000 .296
Adam Jones, CF5000038 .283
Mark Reynolds, 3B3113124 .229
Derrek Lee, 1B5000016 .240
Luke Scott, LF3000110 .223
    Felix Pie, PR-LF0000000 .239
Craig Tatum, C3010000 .304
Blake Davis, 2B3000121 .286
    Robert Andino, 2B0000000 .258
Zach Britton, P3221011 .625
    Jim Johnson, P0000000 .000
   a- Vladimir Guerrero, PH1000000 .277
    Koji Uehara, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Totals355115312  
a-grounded out for Johnson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nick Markakis (11, Beachy), Craig Tatum (1, Sherrill)
HR - Mark Reynolds (18, Proctor), Zach Britton (1, Beachy)
SF - Mark Reynolds (4)
SH - Craig Tatum (2)
RBI - Nick Markakis (33), Mark Reynolds 3 (46), Zach Britton (2)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Reynolds 2 (10)
SB - Nick Markakis (7, 2nd base off Linebrink/McCann)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nick Markakis 1
DP - Britton-Tatum-Lee
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach Britton 5633340 3.47
Jim Johnson (BS,3; W,5-1) 2311010 2.37
Koji Uehara (H,10) 1100120 2.13
Kevin Gregg (S,15) 1000010 3.06
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Britton 92-49, Jim Johnson 23-15, Koji Uehara 27-17, Kevin Gregg 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Britton 9-1, Jim Johnson 3-1, Kevin Gregg 2-0
Batters Faced - Zach Britton 23, Jim Johnson 8, Koji Uehara 5, Kevin Gregg 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, CF5020001 .230
Jason Heyward, RF5000012 .228
Chipper Jones, 3B4110120 .256
Brian McCann, C4120012 .314
Freddie Freeman, 1B2111202 .268
Dan Uggla, 2B4000014 .175
Nate McLouth, LF4110011 .232
Julio Lugo, SS3011100 .200
Brandon Beachy, P1000010 .000
   a- Wilkin Ramirez, PH1010000 .200
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Hinske, PH1012000 .255
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
    Cory Gearrin, P0000000 .000
   c- Brooks Conrad, PH1000012 .245
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
Totals35410448  
a-singled for Beachy in the 5th
b-singled for Sherrill in the 6th
c-struck out for Gearrin in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Freddie Freeman (35), Julio Lugo (1), Eric Hinske 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Hinske 2 (7)
SB - Jordan Schafer (10, 2nd base off Britton/Tatum)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Lugo-Uggla-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Beachy 5733061 3.23
George Sherrill 1100020 2.49
Scott Proctor (BS,2; L,1-2) 1.1222221 4.02
Cory Gearrin 0.2000010 3.45
Scott Linebrink 1100110 3.44
IBB - Reynolds by Scott Linebrink
HBP - Hardy (by Brandon Beachy)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 82-55, George Sherrill 17-13, Scott Proctor 32-18, Cory Gearrin 6-4, Scott Linebrink 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 2-7, Scott Proctor 1-1, Cory Gearrin 1-0, Scott Linebrink 1-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 23, George Sherrill 4, Scott Proctor 8, Cory Gearrin 2, Scott Linebrink 4
Game Information
Attendance - 23492
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Mark Ripperger, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Tim McClelland